'Welcome to Our Jungle' is a participatory photography project that was based in the refugee camp known as the 'Jungle' in Calais, giving a much needed platform for the voices of those directly affected by the crisis.
We worked with a group of men, women and children in the camp from November 2015 until it's demolition in November 2016, to bring you their unique perspective and insight into the crisis, of which they are at the centre, in an attempt to provide a counter narrative to the predominantly negative and unbalanced rhetoric, broadcast in the mainstream media.
What is 'Participatory Photography'?
Participatory photography involves empowering traditionally marginalised people, by giving them the skills to tell their own stories, through the medium of photography.
Voice. Empowerment. Self-representation.
These may just be three small words, but the power they carry is not. We take these things for granted in our lives, but for those at the heart of this crisis, they are just another example of what has been taken away from them, so it's time for them to take their power back and share their voices with the world.
The creativity and resilience of the participants of this project, perfectly represent the inextinguishable light of the human spirit.
We hope you enjoy 'their' stories.
Work from the project is also featured in the 'Us and Them Project', a digital platform which aims to bring to life the stories of refugees and migrants who have had to flee their home countries due to political unrest, war and persecution.